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12/23/2010


We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 12:07 pm

 
…the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:

Dear Editor, I am 8 years old.
Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says “If you see it in The Sun it’s so.”
Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus?
Virginia O’Hanlon
115 West Ninety-fifth St.

VIRGINIA, Your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, not even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

— Editorial page of the New York Sun, September 21, 1897

From our entire family to yours - Annie, Katie (who knows perfectly well there is a Santa Claus), and yours truly; no matter what you are celebrating at this truly amazing time of the year, Happy Holidays!

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12/22/2010


A Great Voice Silenced: Fred Foy, Lone Ranger Announcer

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 4:50 pm

From our friend Terry Salomonson comes this sad news:

~ December 22, 2010 ~

Fred Foy died this morning at his home in Woburn, MA, at the age of 89.

Best known for his narration of The Lone Ranger, radio historian Jim Harmon described Foy as “the announcer, perhaps the greatest announcer-narrator in the history of radio drama.” His stentorian delivery of the program’s lead-in thrilled his audience for years and helped the program achieve even greater popularity and status. Most radio historians agree that Foy’s Lone Ranger introduction is the most recognized opening in American radio:

Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi-Yo Silver”… The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early Western United States. Nowhere in the pages of history can one find a greater champion of justice. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!

Fred Foy is survived by his wife of 63 years, Frances B. Foy; three children including Nancy Foy, VP Feature Casting, 20th Century Fox; Wendy Foy Griffis; and Fritz Foy, SRVP Digital Publishing, Macmillan; sons-in-law actor Joe d’Angerio; Dan Griffis; daughter-in-law Laurie Hriszko Foy; and three grandchildren, Justin Cutietta, Hannah d’Angerio, and Nathaniel Foy.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the USO in honor of Mr. Foy’s military service in WW II.

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12/16/2010


Blake Edwards, a Master of Film Comedy and Farce, Dies at 88

Filed under: Old-Time Radio, Television, News — Charlie Summers @ 9:25 pm

From The NEw York Times: Blake Edwards, a Master of Film Comedy and Farce, Dies at 88

From the article: “In the late 1940s, having switched to writing, he created the ‘Richard Diamond’ radio series, which starred Dick Powell as a lighthearted detective.”

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12/8/2010


Deal on Tax Cuts Will Aid Most, Especially Highest Earners

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 8:33 am

From The New York Times: Deal on Tax Cuts Will Aid Most, Especially Highest Earners

An interesting breakdown on the proposed legislative deal.

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12/2/2010


Whoops! Cincy Convention Date Change

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 6:27 pm

Got a revised flier from Bob Burchett this evening; looks like the Cincinnati Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention had to change dates. Grab the latest version of the flier right here!

icon for podpress  Cincinnati Old Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention Revised Flier: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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12/1/2010


Comcast-Netflix feud fans debate over a free internet

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:02 pm

From CNN: Comcast-Netflix feud fans debate over a free internet

Wow…Comcast demands extra fees from Level3 to carry Netflix streaming movies and television. This could mean the end of the open Internet, and your provider locking out or slowing down anyone who doesn’t pay a last-mile “toll.” Scary.

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